REEDSKI's SparkPeople Blog REEDSKI's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I Need to Get Focused I need to do what I know will help me lose. Track food while eating healthy and normal portion sizes while also tracking my daily exercise. Yesterday I counted walking at the geography conference as my exercise. Today I haven't exercised yet. I will need to do something! 🤹‍♀️ Sun, 17 Sep 2017 17:19:28 EST Topsy Turvy Week (in more than one way 🙃 but for this I mean the scale.) Confessions of Someone Who Ways Herself Daily <BR> <BR> Ok, I admit it, somedays I forget, or take a shower before I think about weighing, therefore I purposely do not weigh. 😉 <BR> <BR> I keep the same routine for morning weigh-in. I weigh myself sans větements de nuit (pajamas or sleepwear.) <BR> <BR> So, this past week I was pleased to see the scale reach 174. But I don't log it until Sunday or Monday. Even then I only log it if I'm sure it sticks. So, I might even wait another ... Sat, 9 Sep 2017 11:45:18 EST Don't Let the Words "Seated Chair" Fool You! Or Let's Get This Done! This morning I got in 41 min. of exercise before I left for work. I like to try to aim for an hour so what I don't get done in the morning I try to do late afternoon or evening. I ran errands after work and at home sat around hemming and hawing about the 19 min. Of exercise I needed in order to make my day's total 60 min. <BR> <BR> Finally, with a burst of unexpected energy I said to myself, "Let's get this done." <BR> <BR> I looked online and found a Jessica Smith Seated Chair video. ... Thu, 7 Sep 2017 23:07:11 EST Peacocks, a frog, and Lake Winnipesaukee I went to a talk last night on growing herbs in our climate. I took photos of a peacock and one of a peahen. One of my best friends is in Massachusetts. She sent a photo of Lake Winnipesaukee and a frog after the rain there. Wish we would get rain here. We get thunder. No rain! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 7 Sep 2017 22:29:48 EST Vinegar, Spicy Foods, Green Tea, and Eggs <img src=""> <BR> <BR><BR>log/fat-burners-can-certain-foods-real<BR>ly-make-you-slim/ <BR> <BR> This is a good article about vinegar, spicy foods, green tea, and eggs. Are they fat burners? Not necessarily so. But can they help with weightloss? Read to find out. <BR> <BR> I do like spicy foods. I have been trying more hot peppers from the grocery store and farmer'... Tue, 5 Sep 2017 20:45:04 EST I'm Losing My Marbles!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am down 53 pounds. I started with 80 marbles in the jar as my goal but have since found I need to lose a few more pounds to reach the top number of my NORMAL BMI range. 5-6 more pounds lost and I'll be OVERWEIGHT. <BR> <BR> Once I lose the 80 pounds I'll add extra marbles to represent the other pounds I'll need to to lose to be at NORMAL BMI. I'm in no big hurry for that. And will I ... Mon, 4 Sep 2017 14:28:41 EST Some Photos from My Week <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I stopped at a restaurant I'd never been to before on the way home from jury duty. The soup of the day was a curry with coconut milk and lemongrass. It was excellent! As was the asparagus and ancient grains (quinoa was one of the grains). <BR> After some early morning yardwork I went to breakfast with a friend where I splurged and had roasted poblanos, red bell peppers,and onions tossed ... Sun, 3 Sep 2017 20:46:21 EST I'm Not Normal Yet BMI range, that is. <BR> <BR> You can calculate your BMI range online. Just Google BMI calculator. <BR> You'll be asked to enter your height, weight, and age. <BR> <BR> Here is the scale: <BR> <BR> Normal Weight 18.5 - 25 <BR> <BR> Overweight 25 - 30 <BR> <BR> Obese Class I 30 - 35 <BR> <BR> Obese Class II 35 - 40 <BR> <BR> Obese Class III > 40 <BR> <BR> I didn't list ranges for weights under normal, however, they do exist. <BR> <BR> March 2009 I was Obese Cl... Sun, 27 Aug 2017 21:59:11 EST Eclipse Aug. 21, 2017 and Powerball I saw the eclipse today. I saw the total eclipse as seen in Oregon on the projector screen in the classrrom and the partial eclipse with special glasses from AZ. Both with my students. I have huge class. <BR> <BR> The partial eclipse was really interesting! Seeing it in person makes a difference. No wonder people traveled to locations throughout the USA to see the total eclipse. <BR> <BR> I definitely recommend the glasses. Be sure to purchase them from a reputable dealer. <BR> <... Tue, 22 Aug 2017 01:41:45 EST I Made Pico de Gallo I love pico de gallo. I made a bowl today. It's so good. Except I didn't have any hot peppers like jalapeno. I need to try to keep a medium to hot pepper on hand. Sun, 20 Aug 2017 23:55:51 EST Lean turkey burger, swiss cheese, pineapple slice on whole wheat bun <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Easy to make. <BR> <BR> At restaurants it comes with teriyaki sauce. <BR> I put bbq sauce on it. That's what I had. <BR> <BR> I still need to exercise today but did a lot of errands. <BR> <BR> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 20:52:45 EST Surprised to See a 1 Pound Loss this Morning! After eating out two dinners (what some people call suppers) in a row I somehow managed to show a 1 pound weight loss this morning. <em>590</em> After eating the sodium laden food two days in a row I thought this an impossibility! <BR> <BR> I had a veggie burrito at Chipotle with friends Thurs. before an event at work. I tracked when I got home and found that burrito had 2310 mg. sodium. Good grief!!!! Chipotle, if you are reading this, do something!!!!! <BR> <BR> Last night I joine... Sat, 19 Aug 2017 11:04:03 EST Chipotle So, we eat at Chipotle tonight. I haven't eaten there since I started tracking my food...again...last Jan. <BR> I had wanted to go to Subway. Say what you will but since I'm not much of a meat eater I like their veggie sub (I choose the veggies I want and I have them double them: spinach, tomatoes, cucumber, onion, peppercinis, black olives) on 9 grain whole wheat. <BR> I love provolone and pepper jack but I opt for Swiss as it has the lowest sodium. And I'd say it's significantly less. ... Fri, 18 Aug 2017 01:18:38 EST I Fit in Clothes I Wore 5 Years Ago! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I was planning to go to Goodwill today. It was 50% off day. Every other Saturday it is 50% off day. I thought I'd pick up a different top or two to wear as I'm transitioning to a lower size. <BR> <BR> Instead I started to try on clothes from 2 closets. It was exhausting work. I figure I burned a few calories. I now have a huge pile to go to St. Vincent de Paul or Goodwill. Huge! <BR> <BR> I found clothes I wore in our family photo for the parish directory ... Sun, 13 Aug 2017 00:03:10 EST New Christmas Goal with Three Options!!!! 😂 Ok, so, I sat down today and made a chart with 3 possible outcomes. If I lose 1/2 pound per week I can get down to 171. This is my REASONABLE GOAL because I am prone to plateaus. <BR> <BR> My second option is losing 1 pound per week. This is my POSSIBLE GOAL. I have to be really diligent to get down to 162. It's possible I could do this. <BR> <BR> The 3rd option, my DREAM GOAL, is to lose 2 pounds per week. That would get me to 143. 2 pounds a week was practical for me when I star... Mon, 7 Aug 2017 16:13:46 EST My Marble Jars <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It was a tough July. I had to fight back from a 3.5 weight gain while on vacation. That came off relatively easy. Then felt like I was stuck at the weight I got down to first in June <BR> <BR> Finally lost, half pound by half pound, 2.5 pounds. <BR> <BR> The jar with more marbles shows the weight I've lost. <BR> 46 full pounds. <BR> <BR> I read these words today: <BR> <BR> I didn... Sun, 6 Aug 2017 14:01:22 EST The Mind: The Most Important Part of Weightloss I got to thinking about what helped me get back in the ZONE. That's what I call the mental state I must be in to even start a lifestyle change. (When I'm not in the ZONE I graze from the moment I get off work until bedtime and exercise is far from my mind--it's off in oblivion somewhere. By grazing, I don't mean salads and veggies, if you get my drift. I'm a self-described carboholic so you can imagine what I was putting away. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure how I got back in the ZONE. It was actua... Sat, 5 Aug 2017 23:11:58 EST 33 Ways to End Your Day I found this blog and I liked it. <BR> <BR><BR>r-day/#.WYTx94FlDMJ <BR> <BR> I like the list. Here is one I want to do often. <BR> <BR> "17. Get Rid Of An Useless Object <BR> <BR> There must be something that is not necessary anymore in your house. Throw it away just before you end your day. Throw away objects, leftovers, garbage. This practice will make you better at throwing away useless people or habits in your life. And you’ll sleep better."... Fri, 4 Aug 2017 18:27:59 EST Rainbow Photo I posted this photo last night on the community thread. All spring and summer I had been ruminating about how I hadn't seen a rainbow in ages. I mean years. Then yesterday evening I get out of my car and thankfully looked at the sky cuz it was very ominous as I left work. There had been an emergency storm and flash flood warning on the radio and on my cell phone as I headed home. The storm had hit the Papagos and Paradise Valley and was traveling at 10 miles per hour. <BR> <BR> But by ... Fri, 4 Aug 2017 09:09:04 EST Can't move a marble with a .5 pound loss 😁 I think the half pound loss is set in stone now. After a Tuesday lunch with staff at a Mexican joint, with sodium and probably fat up the kazoo, I forgot (or unconsciously avoided) the scale Wed. Sodium does a number on me and I'm supposed to avoid it. I'm sure I would've been up Wed. with the water retention. <BR> <BR> Today I got back on and I'm still a half pound less than weigh in last week. So, that's the good news. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, I can't move a marble in my vision jar.... Thu, 3 Aug 2017 09:56:11 EST Brussel Sprouts Someone posted a photo of roasted brussel sprouts on the community feed. I stopped and bought some after work today. I'm going to roast them. I roasted kale yesterday and posted it on the community feed. <BR> <BR> Brussel sprouts have more vitamin C than oranges. They are low in calories. Tue, 1 Aug 2017 21:42:16 EST SP Leaderboards Have you ever checked your ranking on the Leaderboards? It's under My Trackers. <BR> For the month of July I came in at 619. <BR> <BR> My July Points: 3,997 <BR> My July Rank: 619 <BR> <BR> I won't be able to get as many points once I go back to work. <BR> It's like a fulltime job earning SP. It can be exhausting! 😊 <BR> Wish I could get paid for it. <BR> <BR> But I am rewarded with information, community support, weightloss, and improved health. Mon, 31 Jul 2017 16:54:29 EST An Alien Plant <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Oh, good. I was able to rotate photo before selecting "done". <BR> <BR> Does anyone know what that tall "plant" is? Not the cattails. <BR> I bought it at Sprouts about a year ago, I think. Maybe more like last October. <BR> It has done nothing. I never water it. I put it in and put it out. <BR> I did add some water a month ago but didn't think it was absorbed. <BR> It seemed like it al... Mon, 31 Jul 2017 01:47:56 EST Unsettling and Surprising News From the Doctor I won't go into specifics cuz this is more about my reaction. <BR> First I didn't understand. <BR> I texted my son, the RN <BR> Then, I cried. I'm a fretter. <BR> Next, I talked (are you listening, God?) <BR> After that I said, "Enough. Get up and do something." <BR> I kept busy. That's best. <BR> I can deal with it. I have faith. <BR> I will continue my SparkJourney because this is something I have control of and I'm proud of my accomplisments and look forward to more! <BR> I feel bette... Fri, 28 Jul 2017 18:01:45 EST My WW Routine Saved Me Even Though I Haven't Rejoined Yet I am a WW member, too, but I went on a summer hiatus because I would be gone to the lake house where I grew up to help with my mom and also my new (and 1st!) grandbaby who lives down the street while my son and his wife worked and studied for Boards. She passed. Praise the Lord! He takes his this week (cross my fingers. Please say a prayer. I'm a interminable test worrier.) <BR> <BR> We have a lot of family celebrations,, with BBQs and potlucks, local small town festivities, popcorn at ... Thu, 27 Jul 2017 11:24:34 EST Carbs Before a Workout, Protein After<BR>althy-eating/nutrition/best-workout-fo<BR>ods/ <BR> <BR> Great article with a visual slideshow to see examples of what to eat before and after a workout. You can click "view all" so you don't have to wade through a slideshow. <BR> <BR> Today I had old fashioned oatmeal with cinnamon and 1% milk before and now plan on making eggs. <BR> <BR> Add cinnamon to food if you can. It is beneficial! <BR> <BR> Oh, and you know that fat roll behind yo... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 16:18:46 EST I Added Another Daily Goal on SP Other Goals: Do Kegels Once a Day Previously, I had added "tidy up something around the house at least once a day". Later I added "Floss my teeth once a day" and today I added "Do kegels once a day". <BR> <BR> I hold, count ten seconds, release and count 10 seconds. Then repeat. After doing that 10 times I do 10 really fast. Sounds easy, right? Jane Fonda, on one of her exercise videos, says to do 300 kegels a day. I'll be lucky if I get what I am doing in each day. <BR> <BR> My whole working career I have had Blue ... Mon, 24 Jul 2017 23:53:00 EST Being Grateful I am the first to admit I am a glass half empty type of person. I have to force myself to think of things I am grateful for. (I think my problem is that I am a worry wart) Fortunately, I come to find there are so many things and people for which to be thankful. <BR> <BR> In the SP Gameroom I found a thread "What makes you happy?" I try to post something different each day. And it's nice reading what others post. <BR> <BR> I am thankful for being more mindful of being thankful. 😄 Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:57:06 EST This is My Responsibility Some family members are not supportive at times. I roast chickpeas and eat quinoa. I gave up processed sugar treats. Now I'm giving up chips and crackers. (I hope I remember that when I'm out and about and friends offer me chips. 😁) <BR> <BR> In other words I avoid food they love to bring to gatherings. High fat, high sugar, high sodium in combinations to increase cravings. I'm the odd duck trying to avoid the food that is raved about. They can handle eating that stuff because the... Sun, 23 Jul 2017 18:11:16 EST Treat Yourself to a Massage Today a friend and I went to get massages. <BR> <BR> I had my first massage at a resort in Hot Springs, Arkansas. <BR> <BR> I had a chair massage where I work. Our boss treated us but we were rushed to do it during a special and then were thrown back into the classroom. <BR> <BR> I've had two at a local mall, one chair, one full body. Each of those I had done during a stressful time in the spring 2 different years. <BR> <BR> Today we used groupon coupons at a prestigious chiropra... Sat, 22 Jul 2017 21:06:23 EST Outlook Better Today I want to lose 50 pounds by Jan. 2018 but I will be happy with even a 30 pound loss by December 2017. My goal was 40 pounds by this Christmas but I had a setback visiting family this summer. A lot of damage can be done in one month. However, I thought I had gained 10 pounds but upon getting on my scale I found it was only 3-4 lbs. So, maybe 40 pounds by Dec. 25th is doable. 50 would be mindblowingly awesome but 30 would please me more than ever. I am flexible. 😁 <BR> <BR> Today I e... Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:03:59 EST Quinoa: A Good Carb I am a firm believer that our bodies need carbs. Low or no carb might work for a while to help one lose weight but in the long run such diets are not beneficial to one's body. What to do? Choose carbs wisely. Complex carbs and fruit are great carb choices. I bought tricolor quinoa and wondering what type of carb it is, I found this article. <BR> <BR> I have to say I learned a lot from this article. I'm glad I am at a point in my life where I am more inclined to be eating for proper n... Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:20:26 EST A New Rule: No Chips (July 17, 2017) In the book The End of Overeating by Dr. David Kessler I learned to set rules. I need to keep true to my rule of not eating between meals (except planned healthy snacks) and it's time for me to make the conscious decision to give up chips. I seriously don't even like them, I start eating them and can't stop, they zap my motivation, and are part of a complex emotional prison I must escape from to truly begin to enjoy life. <BR> <BR> I am not happy as an obese person. While I love losing,... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 08:40:36 EST I Like This Quote <img src=""> Sun, 16 Jul 2017 01:43:47 EST Time Flies <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> These photos were taken just a very few minutes apart last night. <BR> <BR> We've had a busy day. I exercised 65 min. using SP videos, went shopping with my son's wife and baby. My son met up with us at a local coffee shop. (I had iced green tea...unsweetened). We sat outside under the trees. The ... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 03:50:33 EST Sunsets on the Lake I try to take photos as often as I can of the sunsets on the lake but most of those photos are on my phone and I use my tablet for SP. I know I have photos in the Cloud somewhere. Someday I'll see if I can access my iphone Cloud photos on my Samsung tablet. Haha. I take babysteps with technology! <BR> <BR> I have an Apple tablet for work but I don't want to sync that with my phone! Ever! I took a photo of myself to refer back to when I've lost more weight. I'd never want anyone to ... Fri, 7 Jul 2017 07:29:44 EST Dandelion Days and Bike Brands <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Summer is a great season! It got a little humid yesterday due to heavy rain but the late afternoon and evening was great for an 11 mile bike ride. I had no idea how far we went until my sister told me. We had ridden against the wind to my niece's softball game. They lost 2-3 but she pitched well and made some good plays on third base! <BR> <BR> Wind had died down and we stopped to put... Thu, 29 Jun 2017 10:34:04 EST Sand <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I took this photo and it made me think of a Hawk Nelson song Drops in the Ocean. And then I got to thinking about ways I've used or seen sand used. <BR> <BR> <BR> If you wanna know <BR> How far my love can go <BR> Just how deep, just how wide <BR> If you wanna see <BR> How much you mean to me <BR> Look at my hands, look at my side <BR> If you could count the times I'd say you are forgiven... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 10:41:17 EST Prayers Needed! I've lost 40-45 pounds since Jan. but in the past two days I think I've gained 10 pounds. (Need to get back to tracking every exercise and food morsel.) <BR> <BR> Is 10 pounds an exaggeration? I can only hope so. <BR> <BR> When people ask, "How are you doing it?" I say Sparkpeople and they think it's a magic pill and want to know how to order. When they hear it's a free online tool to track food and fitness, read articles, communicate with others on the same journey, and more, they lo... Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:11:52 EST Comfortable Sandals and Athletic Shoes I'm a stickler for routine. I am the first to admit change is hard for me. <BR> <BR> A few years ago I suffered a bout of plantar faciitis. Someone recommended Easy Spirit shoes which I bought at the ES store in a local mall. For a few years I was loyal to ES. But, in my opinion, the quality of shoes I purchased there begin to slide. <BR> <BR> So, I headed across the road to the New Balance store. I became a steady NB customer for years until I felt their quality was declining. ... Mon, 19 Jun 2017 19:46:26 EST Winter, Spring, Summer, Fog: Driving into My Hometown I still need to get an autumn photo!!!! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Sun, 18 Jun 2017 13:26:48 EST 3 Little Pigs Go Out to Dinner I found this in a blogpost I made many years ago. It made me chuckle again. <BR> <BR> Three Little Pigs went out to dinner one night. <BR> The waiter comes and takes their drink order. <BR> <BR> "I would like a Sprite," said the first little piggy. <BR> "I would like a Coke," said the second little piggy. <BR> "I want water, lots and lots of water," said the third little piggy. <BR> <BR> The drinks are brought out and the waiter takes their orders for dinner. <BR> <BR> "I want a ... Sun, 18 Jun 2017 10:04:28 EST Make This Choice, Not That! From the "It's Not Worth it File": So, I'm near an In and Out Burger after a doctor's appt. I think, "I can do this. I'll track when I get home." I kept it simple. Hamburger (no cheese, no grilled onions), an order of fries, and unsweetened ice tea. In retrospect I should've ordered it California (or protein style) with no bun, instead wrapped in lettuce AND no spread (the sauce). <BR> <BR> But I was not thinking healthy. My mind was in the, "I deserve this zone." 785 calories, 895 ... Fri, 16 Jun 2017 23:50:18 EST Keep Candy Out of My Sight! 😄 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ok, funny story. My niece, who loves pinterest, made this candy arrangement for the 4th a while back. She left it at Grandma's house, where I'm staying, and headed over to her mom's to prepare for a yardsale. <BR> <BR> Another sister stopped by and I lamented that I have no willpower and I wish the candy display wasn't at mom's. She told me about an idea she heard at Weight Watchers to cove... Wed, 14 Jun 2017 14:41:15 EST Stress Relief Without Food I read a SP article by Dean Anderson, De-stress in 3 Minutes or Less. <BR> <BR> He stated how we sometimes have things going on inside our "minds where unreal scenarios are just waiting to get spun out of contol." Unfortunately, I have a schema which causes me to predict possible explanations, therefore my overthinking may be right on target, however, I will try hard to develop problem solving strategies to end the negative self talk that doesn't help. I will accept the clarity that the s... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 18:19:07 EST Chicken in the Crockpot Today I worked out twice and made chicken in the crockpot. It sure smelled good when I walked in the house. Sat, 10 Jun 2017 22:52:08 EST Coach Nicole DVD Today I did 54 minutes of the Coach Nicole 28 Day Bootcamp DVD. I actually have the DVD. Back when I first joined SP They used to have all kinds of contests. I was always winning things like stretchy cords, exercise balls, fitness dvds, lunch kits, etc. I loved it when the UPS man would show up with a package from SP. <BR> <BR> So, back to today. The video is 84 min. I skipped the 30 min. Total Body Challenge. I did the warm up, cardio burst, short cardio-sculpt, tone and burn, and t... Fri, 9 Jun 2017 15:48:25 EST Leslie Sansone Just over 1400 calories eaten today by me. However, I did 3 miles of a Leslie Sansone dvd plus the warm up and cool down for a total of 56 min. So, that was good. Hopefully it offset the calories in. <BR> <BR> I"m not going to get overly excited about this, but I slept the night through last night. Hope it continues. I thought with the weightloss and exercise I'd sleep better. I can fall asleep fine but wake up and have difficulty falling back asleep. It's difficult during the work we... Fri, 9 Jun 2017 01:36:12 EST More Info about the Presentation I Saw Last Night Human trafficking is a problem. It's a heavy topic. <BR> <BR> Tonight I attended an evening of prayer and informative presentations from people trying to help with the trafficking situation in our city. One speaker said nearly 100% of those trafficked are US citizens. 87.5% had come in contact with a healthcare provider. 1/2 of the cases of HIV are 13-24 year olds. <BR> <BR> Please pray for those who are trafficked. In Feb. I heard a woman in her early 30s speak about being traffick... Thu, 8 Jun 2017 12:40:05 EST An Evening of Prayer and Education for Those Being Trafficked Human trafficking is a problem. It's a heavy topic. Please pray for those who are trafficked. In Feb. I heard a woman in her early 30s speak about being trafficked when younger. She was one of the lucky ones who escaped and made a great life for herself. <BR> <BR> There are good people out there who are trying to make a difference in the lives of children and young adults being exploited. God bless them. Thu, 8 Jun 2017 01:18:19 EST